Darryl Rogers

Darryl Rogers
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1935-05-28) May 28, 1935
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
1955–1957 Fresno State
Position(s) Wide receiver, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961–1965 Cal State Hayward (DB)
1966–1972 Fresno State
1973–1975 San Jose State
1976–1979 Michigan State
1980–1984 Arizona State
1985–1988 Detroit Lions
1991 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Head coaching record
Overall 126–77–7 (college)
18–40 (NFL)
9–9 (CFL)
Bowls 1–0
Accomplishments and honors
1 Pacific Coast Athletic Association (1975)
1 Big Ten (1978)
Sporting News College Football COY (1978)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1977)

Darryl Dale Rogers (born May 28, 1935) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at California State University, Fresno (1966–1972), San Jose State University (1973–1975), Michigan State University (1976–1979), and Arizona State University (1980–1984), compiling a career college football record of 126–77–7. Rogers was then the head coach of the National Football League's Detroit Lions from 1985 to 1988, where his record was 18–40. In 1991, served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) coaching the Blue Bombers to a 9–9 record and an appearance in the East Final. After the CFL stint, Rogers was named head coach of the Arkansas Miners of the fledgling Professional Spring Football League. However, the league never made it out of its first training camp and folded just ten days before the start of the 1992 season.

College football coaching career

Rogers' career as a head football coach started when he became the head coach of Fresno State in 1966. Rogers holds the distinction of being the head coach at 4 different schools over 18 seasons without being fired at any point. He moved to San Jose State Spartans football, Michigan State, Arizona State, and then the NFL's Detroit Lions over that time.

Professional football coaching career

Rogers was hired by the Detroit Lions in 1985 as head coach. He went 7–9 in 1985 (with home wins over four playoff teams), 5–11 in 1986, 4–11 in 1987, and 2–9 in 1988, for a career record with the Lions of 18–40.[1] One of his more famous quotes during his unsuccessful tenure with the Lions was when he once wondered aloud to reporters after a loss, "What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?" He was succeeded by Wayne Fontes.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1966–1968)
1966 Fresno State 7–3
1967 Fresno State 3–8
1968 Fresno State 7–4
Fresno State Bulldogs (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1969–1972)
1969 Fresno State 6–4 1–3 T–4th
1970 Fresno State 8–4 4–2 3rd
1971 Fresno State 6–5 3–2 3rd
1972 Fresno State 6–4–1 1–3 T–3rd
Fresno State: 43–32–1 9–10
San Jose State Spartans (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1973–1975)
1973 San Jose State 5–4–2 2–0–2 2nd
1974 San Jose State 8–3–1 2–2 T–2nd
1975 San Jose State 9–2 5–0 1st
San Jose State: 22–9–3 9–2–2
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1976–1979)
1976 Michigan State 4–6–1 3–5 T–7th
1977 Michigan State 7–3–1 6–1–1 3rd
1978 Michigan State 8–3 7–1 T–1st 12
1979 Michigan State 5–6 3–5 T–6th
Michigan State: 24–18–2 19–12–1
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1980–1984)
1980 Arizona State 7–4 5–3 4th
1981 Arizona State 9–2 5–2 T–2nd 16
1982 Arizona State 10–2 5–2 T–3rd W Fiesta 6 6
1983 Arizona State 6–4–1 3–3–1 T–6th
1984 Arizona State 5–6 3–4 6th
Arizona State: 37–18–1 21–14–1
Total: 126–77–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
DET1985 790.4384th in NFC Central - -
DET1986 5110.3133rd in NFC Central - -
DET1987 4110.2675th in NFC Central - -
DET1988 290.1824th in NFC Central - -
Total18400.310 - - -


  1. "Darryl Rogers Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
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